Everything You Need to Crush It as a Chief of Staff

June 8, 20212 min read

If our Go Horizontal exploration into the Chief of Staff role has taught us anything, it’s this: Chiefs of Staff are everywhere.

As the pursuers that are doing everything, everywhere, Chiefs of Staff have to start with something, somewhere on the road to improvement. This blog serves as a collection of resources to help Chiefs of Staff at any age, level of experience, or industry. 

Every resource is dedicated to helping Chiefs of Staff make others effective. This fundamental purpose guides the narratives and benefits of each resource.

Naturally, there is more to the Chief of Staff equation than simply “making others effective.” Understanding what “effectiveness” means in relation to efficiency. Creating a framework for said effectiveness (hint hint – OKRs). Outcome versus output mentality. We cover these things and more. Check out the resources below for everything you need to crush it as a Chief of Staff.


Driving Organizational Effectiveness as a Chief of Staff  


Great if you’re looking for: 

  • More structure in your role as a Chief of Staff
  • How to drive change by making your teams and organization effective
  • Why OKRs are your secret weapon for improvement

The Horizontal Thinkers Roundtable: Chief of Staff Edition  


Great if you’re looking for: 

  • Discussion from two Chiefs of Staff in the trenches
  • How to create focus for yourself with omni-present responsibilities
  • 1-on-1 advice from Chiefs of Staff using OKR methodologies

The Horizontal Thinkers Roundtable: Chief of Staff Sequel Edition  


Great if you’re looking for: 

  • Why a frictionless OKR process that breathes life into your organization
  • How to gain buy-in/support from leadership and teams for OKRs
  • The Chief of Staff’s role in strategy-execution management process

Uncovering the Chief of Staff’s Purpose  

Blog post  

Great if you’re looking for: 

  • An understanding of the effectiveness: efficiency dichotomy
  • Why a focus on outcomes over outputs through OKRs is critical
  • An introduction to setting the OKR framework for your organization

How the Chief of Staff Can Propel the Organization via OKRs  

Blog post  

Great if you’re looking for: 

  • The Chief of Staff's ties to agile management through OKRs
  • The supporting role of OKRs for the Chief of Staff in mapping department priorities
  • How OKRs focus dialog and foster decision-making for Chiefs of Staff
  • Why it's the Chief of Staff's prerogative to lead the charge for curiosity and critical thinking

Conquering Uncertainty as a Chief of Staff

Blog post  

Great if you’re looking for: 

  • Four major insights for the current state of the Chief of Staff role: 
    1. Strategy is king 
    2. Chief of Staff is the new CEO (Chief Execution Officer) 
    3. Chiefs of Staff need their own tech stack 
    4. Chief of Staff evolution brings excitement to companies

Chief of Staff Live Comparison  

? Benchmark  

Great if you’re looking for: 

  • How you stack up to other Chiefs of Staff in:
    • Organizational agility
    • Horizontal effectiveness
    • Outcome vs output orientation

What a Chief of Staff Brings to a Startup: Dreams with Deadlines  

? Podcast 

Great if you’re looking for:

  • The Chief of Staff Role: Why it’s misunderstood and what’s its potential value add? 
  • The Art of Planning Goals: Which frameworks translate to results? 
  • Effective Execution: How do you start and grow structure?

The Gtmhub Marketplace Chief of Staff OKR Template  

 ? OKR Template  

What this does for you: 

  • Demonstrates a live template for a Chief of Staff OKR
  • Provides a launching point for your personalized OKR


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